It’s funny because an affluent Brooklyn obstetrician and his wife are the parents of four daughters and one son. The comedic element becomes apparent when the obstetrician interacts with his wife and/or children in an unorthodox manner.
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It’s funny because a stupid girl, a sarcastic guy, a stupid guy, a spoiled girl, an uptight guy, and an uptight girl all live in New York together and are close acquaintances and sarcastic guy loves uptight girl, uptight guy loves spoiled girl and stupid girl loves Paul Rudd. The humor arises when things happen in their apartment in New York or a coffee shop in New York or other places in New York.
Alternate Theory: It’s funny because, after ‘Friends,’ ‘Joey,’ and ‘Episodes’ Matt Leblanc isn’t even sure who Matt Leblanc is anymore.
It’s funny because Cory is an utterly ordinary adolescent American male who lives his mundane, suburban lifestyle in a generally unremarkable way. The comedy arises when his attempts to enhance his mediocre social status or sustain meaningful relationships are met with resistance and he reacts in a familiar way.
Alternate Theory: The fact that Cory’s grade school principal followed him through his entire academic career and later life can’t be creepy so it has to be funny, right? Right?
It’s humorous because
Will Fran comes from an inner-city background and he she has been placed in an upscale environment. The comedy comes from the conflict between his her boisterous, uninhibited actions, stemming from his her urban upbringing, and the affluent, well-to-do company he she now finds himself herself in.
Alternate theory: There’s literally nothing funnier than a woman whose vocal cords were surgically replaced with an entire dying sheep.
It’s funny because a lower-class couple, consisting of an irreverent, boorish woman and her slovenly husband, deal with the misfortunes and foibles of the proletariat lifestyle in a typically crass and uncultured manner. The comedic element arises when Roseanne reacts to the events in her life in an often impolite way.
Alternate Theory: It’s funny because (spoiler alert) John Goodman played Bruce Willis’ character from “The Sixth Sense” two years before “The Sixth Sense” came out.
It’s funny because four decrepit women defy societal expectations and physical ailments by engaging in sexual congress with an astonishing amount of male partners. The comedy arises when they detail the circumstances of their various feats of coital prowess using bawdy language and innuendo.
Alternate Theory: It’s hilarious because they all seemed to actually ENJOY living in Miami, which, as anyone who as actually been to Miami can tell you, is impossible.
It’s funny because two monozygotic twins named Tia and Tamera whose biological father and mother have left them to fend for themselves are separated at birth and adopted by two distinctly different personages who both happen to relocate to Detroit where the two identical sisters serendipitously meet. Comedic situations ensue as the two products of a split zygote and their respective parents try to coexist and form independent identities while sharing a visage.
Alternate Theory: It’s hilarious to watch Jackee Harris’ character devour chicken wings without a shred of irony.
It’s not funny.
Alternate theory: It’s not.
It’s funny because a neurotic germaphobe; a promiscuous, Greek biker and a dense, infantile comedian are typically not considered adequate caretakers for three young girls, and yet, they find themselves in just that situation. The humor stems from their attempts to raise the germaphobe’s daughters and the inevitable chaos that ensues due to their inexperience and general lack of skills.
Alternate theory: There’s nothing funnier than a next-door neighbor with crippling personal issues as a result of his/her parents’ borderline-abusive neglect (see “Family Matters”).